Business of Law

  • October 14, 2020

    Global In-House Attys Work On Being The Same, But Different

    Consistency is the challenge for Hal Bretan, chief counsel for BT Americas Inc., who knows that his British telecom company's customers and suppliers are global and that they want to be treated similarly worldwide.

  • October 14, 2020

    Barrett, GOP Sens. Vow She Won't Casually Toss Precedents

    Republican senators and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett at Wednesday's confirmation hearing tried to assure skeptics that she would not casually seek to overturn major decisions that have become ingrained in American society, from the Affordable Care Act to abortion rights to same-sex marriage.

  • October 14, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Freeborn & Peters' Russell And Fogel

    Midsize law firm Freeborn & Peters LLP, led by co-managing partners William Russell and Joseph Fogel, has grown from six lawyers in 1983 to 140 lawyers in five offices today. Here, the leaders talk to Law360 about the firm's approach to growth, future goals and more.

  • October 14, 2020

    Law Society Condemns Plans For Economic Crime Levy

    The government's plans for a financial crime levy on law firms and other regulated businesses is "a special tax on the legal profession" that could make companies less willing to invest in Britain, an industry body warned on Wednesday. 

  • October 13, 2020

    Holland & Knight Nabs 10 Reed Smith Financial Services Attys

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Tuesday that a team of 10 attorneys specializing in financial services litigation jumped ship together to join the firm from Reed Smith LLP.

  • October 13, 2020

    What In-House Counsel Should Know About 'Deepfakes'

    As new artificial intelligence technology becomes more accessible, in-house counsel are being warned about the potential for harm in nearly every industry — especially in media, entertainment, finance and politics.

  • October 13, 2020

    NC Litigation Boutique To Join Nelson Mullins

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough will be adding the attorneys from the litigation and business law boutique Shanahan Law Group to its Raleigh, North Carolina, office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 13, 2020

    7 Big Moments From Judge Barrett's 1st Day Of Questioning

    From deflections on Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act to a raw moment about the death of George Floyd, here are the seven biggest moments from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's first day of answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • October 13, 2020

    Law Firms Pick Up Diversity Efforts With More C-Suite Roles

    Law firms and in-house operations have been adding diversity and inclusion professionals to their C-suites to oversee diversity efforts, picking up the steam to keep up with the promises they made in response to the nation's growing racial justice movement.

  • October 13, 2020

    Pa. Judge, Founder Of Pittsburgh Veterans' Court, Dies

    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas Judge John A. Zottola, who pioneered the use of so-called treatment courts for veterans and people with mental health issues in Allegheny County, has died, court officials said.

  • October 13, 2020

    Virus Further Tangles Employee Probes For In-House Counsel

    Responding to allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation can be critical for a company, and a panel of in-house counsel said Tuesday that COVID-19 has complicated the issue even further with its remote investigations.

  • October 13, 2020

    MoFo Says Ex-Atty Is At Fault For Scuttled Partner Ambitions

    A former Morrison & Foerster LLP lawyer who claims she was placed on a less lucrative "mommy track" ruined her own prospects for making partner by focusing on a "novel" blockchain practice instead of doing more traditional billable work, the firm told a California federal judge.

  • October 13, 2020

    Nixon Peabody Clawback Fight Shows Lateral Move Pitfalls

    A New York court's ruling this month that former Nixon Peabody LLP attorneys must arbitrate claims that they were punished for leaving the firm underscores the pitfalls of lateral moves and not closely reviewing partnership agreements, just as the coronavirus pandemic makes departures more appealing, experts say.

  • October 13, 2020

    How GCs Help Set Culture When New CEOs Arrive

    General counsel are crucial corporate players in helping to shape the proper tone when a CEO departs and another boss takes over at a company, though they need to be open-minded about changes and avoid comparing the old and new regimes, speakers at a virtual in-house conference said Tuesday.

  • October 13, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    COVID-19 recovery efforts continued this week as contact sports such as hockey and basketball resumed in New Jersey, bars reopened in Texas, and restrictions were lifted in several counties in Illinois formerly known as hotspots.

  • October 13, 2020

    15 Minutes With Foss Maritime Co.'s General Counsel

    This year's remote work has led Foss general counsel Sloane Perras to think more about hiring lawyers who don't live near one of the tug and barge company's offices. In a recent interview with Law360, she talks more about how the pandemic has affected her role and the company.

  • October 13, 2020

    Atty Wants RBG-O'Connor Book Adaptation Dispute Arbitrated

    The author of a book about U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor is bound to arbitrate her claims that a Los Angeles-area entertainment attorney unlawfully blew up efforts to sell a film adaptation to a company owned by Alyssa Milano, the lawyer told a New York federal court.

  • October 13, 2020

    Judge Orders Private Look At Emails In Buckley Insurer Fight

    A North Carolina judge on Monday ordered both D.C. firm Buckley LLP and its former insurer to show him troves of emails each side says the other has improperly held back in discovery in a litigation focused on the abrupt exit of a firm founder and a $6 million "key partner" policy payout.

  • October 13, 2020

    Judge Barrett Asserts Independence From Trump, Scalia

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spent over 11 hours at a Senate hearing Tuesday asserting her independence and fielding pointed questions on the Affordable Care Act, potential election litigation, abortion and racism.

  • October 13, 2020

    'Intoxicated' NY Judge Shoved Officer, Invoked Ties To Power

    Buffalo police have released body camera footage of New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti shoving an officer after a fight with his neighbor, then invoking his friendship with the mayor and family ties to law enforcement, before successfully avoiding arrest. Police said Grisanti was drunk at the time.

  • October 12, 2020

    Barrett Hearings Begin With Focus On ACA, Faith

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spent the first day of her confirmation hearings Monday listening as Democrats cast her as a threat to the Affordable Care Act and Republicans accused liberals of attacking her Catholic faith.

  • October 12, 2020

    Women GCs On When And How To Speak Out

    Mary Smith, vice chair and general counsel of the VENG Group, remembers several years ago when an outside counsel planned a dinner meeting with senior members of her then-legal department at a private club that did not allow women members.

  • October 12, 2020

    Seyfarth Shaw Hit By Ransomware Attack

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP confirmed Monday it had been hit by a cyberattack over the weekend, causing the firm to temporarily shut down some of its systems.

  • October 09, 2020

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • October 09, 2020

    Legal Recruiter Drops Fee Suit Against Freshfields

    A Massachusetts executive recruiting firm on Friday dropped its case that accused Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP of refusing to pay millions of dollars in fees owed for its work recruiting a successful corporate law partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Expert Analysis

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    AGs In A Pandemic: Healey Talks Mass. Worker Safety

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    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey explains how her office is responding to workplace safety concerns and ensuring businesses are following health directives during the pandemic, despite such enforcement being outside her office's traditional portfolio.

  • The Problem With Collectability In Legal Malpractice Cases

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    Attorneys are routinely immunized from malpractice actions when they represent plaintiffs pursuing claims that are not collectable, but an Illinois federal court's recent refusal to protect defense counsel in Newman v. Crane Heyman highlights inconsistency in collectability requirements, says Timothy Parilla at Palmersheim & Mathew.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion

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    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys

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    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap

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    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond

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    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders

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    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners

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    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

  • The Progression Of COVID-19 Force Majeure Litigation

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    Recent cases showcase the force majeure questions that courts are tackling in relation to COVID-19, ranging from ambiguous definitions of key contract terms to landlord arguments against application of force majeure, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • 4 Opportunities For Mediators To Settle Big-Dollar Cases

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    A few specific stages of complicated, multimillion-dollar matters — ranging from prefiling to the beginning of trial — present unique opportunities for mediators to persuade the parties to compromise and lay the foundation for settlement, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West at Fairbank ADR.

  • Remote Proceedings Bring New Wrinkles For Court Records

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    Parties and courts using remote videoconferencing should carefully consider how they will preserve a clear record of the proceedings, and the potential impact an official video record may have on appellate review, say Christopher Green and Sara Fish at Fish & Richardson.

  • Cross-Selling Strategies For Law Firms During Pandemic

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    Law firms can grow revenue during the COVID-19 crisis by facilitating communication among complementary practice groups, soliciting client feedback and engaging in other cross-selling activities that build on existing client bases, says consultant David Freeman.

  • Atty Media Interview Lessons From Trump's Axios Appearance

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    The recently broadcast interview of President Donald Trump with Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan provides a dramatic example of how not to answer media questions and presents four lessons to attorneys preparing for press coverage, says Michelle Calcote King at Reputation Ink.

  • Why Remote Depositions Are Likely Here To Stay

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    As attorneys and their clients realize it is possible to conduct video depositions just as smoothly as in-person sessions while eliminating travel, catering and other costs, they will likely demand that remote procedures remain in place even after the pandemic is contained, says Darren Goldman at Becker & Poliakoff.

  • 7 Keys To Drafting Effective Legal Briefs

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    Bo Pearl at Paul Hastings explains how eliminating clunky transitions, mixing in short sentences, and making a few other tweaks can increase the persuasive power of legal briefs.

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